With an important deadline looming, the Obama administration said Monday there are thousands of Iowans who may now qualify for financial help purchasing insurance coverage but don't realize it.

For the third straight year, Iowa's dominant insurer, Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield, has decided it will not go on the Affordable Care Act's exchange next year.

DES MOINES — Iowa’s insurance commissioner said Thursday he expects as many as three health insurance companies to join the marketplace where individuals can purchase subsidized health insurance under the federal health care law.

The Iowa insurance commissioner said on Friday he will seek the liquidation of CoOportunity Health, the West Des Moines-based insurer that had been one of two companies selling coverage in the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace in Iowa.

The state of Iowa is encouraging insurance agents and brokers to move their CoOportunity Health clients to new carriers "as soon as possible," one of the latest developments in the potential demise of the new insurance company created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Nearly 19,000 Iowans had picked insurance plans through the HealthCare.gov marketplace as of Dec. 15, the Obama administration said last week, with another 121,000 doing so in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD — An 11th-hour bid to establish a state-based health insurance exchange fell short Wednesday when the Illinois House adjourned for the remainder of the year without bringing the matter for a vote.

In its second year of operation, the Affordable Care Act marketplace is offering more selection and better premium prices for Rock Island County shoppers than people in Scott County, according to a Quad-City Times analysis.

An Iowa insurance company is objecting to the extension of insurance policies in the state that don't comply with the standards of the Affordable Care Act.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad raised the prospect Wednesday of creating an online health insurance marketplace with three other Midwest states.

The number of Iowans enrolling for insurance coverage through the HealthCare.gov website continues to climb, according to data released Wednesday by the Obama administration.

The number of Iowans who selected insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace rose sharply in December, according to new government figures, but the bulk of the people are older.

Area advisers have scheduled several meetings to help the public learn about and/or sign up for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act.

Only a fraction of Iowans have reapplied for Medicaid coverage after their initial attempts to do so through the HealthCare.gov website were fouled up by transmission problems, state officials said Friday.

DES MOINES — As many as 16,000 Iowans who applied for federal health care plan through the HealthCare.gov website may not have insurance for the month of January.

With the millions of people logging on to HealthCare.gov to sign up for health insurance, you might think that Christmas Eve was the only deadline for signing up for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Insurers in Iowa say the "back-end" problems that have been an issue with the federal HealthCare.gov website are having little impact in the state.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has reached an agreement with the Obama administration to approve the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, his office said Thursday.

The number of people in Iowa and Illinois who were able to pick private insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's exchange in November ticked sharply upward, although the overall numbers still are relatively low.

The Obama administration said Tuesday it has approved a large part of Iowa's proposed Medicaid expansion plan, an integral piece of the Affordable Care Act's rollout in the state.

The HealthCare.gov website has been performing far better in the week since the Obama administration relaunched it, according to organizations helping Quad-Citians enroll in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it is delaying for a year the opening of the the online insurance marketplace aimed at small businesses.

President Barack Obama's announcement Thursday that allows a one-year renewal of insurance policies that had been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will likely have little impact in Iowa.

WASHINGTON — Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday.

Only 136 Iowans and 1,370 Illinoisans were able to select an insurance plan in the first month of operation of the Affordable Care Act's online marketplace, according to figures released Wednesday by the Obama administration.

SPRINGFIELD — Two members of the Illinois General Assembly who have their eyes set on Washington, D.C., introduced legislation Thursday designed to spotlight problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Although Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has admitted the rollout of Affordable Care Act enrollment has been a “debacle,” Sen. Tom Harkin defended her Thursday and said she should keep her job.

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